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Jaime Munguia faces toughest test in years against Sergiy Derevyanchencko

Jaime Munguia (centre). Photo credit: Mandatory Credit: Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy Promotions

Former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia 41-0 (33) will clash with three-time world title challenger Sergiy ‘The Technician’ Derevyanchenko 14-4 (10) at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on June 10.

The bout will take place at 168 pounds.

For the 26-year-old Munguia of Mexico, it will represent his biggest test since moving up in weight from 154-pounds three years ago.

“As I have said before, Derevyanchenko is a great fighter and a great warrior,” Munguia said. “Without a doubt, I believe this is going to be a great fight. A win against Derevyanchenko would put us on a path towards a world championship.

“I feel like all fights are great challenges. This June 10, we have a very strong fighter in front of us. I expect to see a Derevyanchenko who is hungry for a win. He has been in some close fights with some of the division’s biggest stars like Jacobs, Golovkin and Charlo. This fight with me will also be a great combat, but I hope to obtain the knockout and leave the ring as the best man standing.”

Ukrainian Derevyanchenko, 37, has dropped four of his last six bouts, but those losses have come against top flight opposition in Daniel Jacobs, Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo and Carlos Adames, all on points.

“I’m a tough fighter and I am regarded as one of the top fighters in the division,” Derevyanchenko said. “If Munguia’s team has big plans to make him a superstar, he is going to have to fight people like me and win. It’s definitely not going to be an easy fight for either of us.

“Because this fight is at 168 pounds, I expect for Munguia to be at his optimal best and strongest and I will also be at my optimal best and strongest.”

“Every fight that Jaime Munguia is in is a difficult fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

“This fight against Derevyanchenko is a tough one because of his style. It’s going to be a clash of the titans. It’s going to be an all-out war. That’s the reason why fans love watching Jaime Munguia because he is a warrior and a fan-favorite when he steps inside the ring.”

“When Derevyanchenko fought Daniel Jacobs, Carlos Adames, when he fought GGG and all these fighters at 160 and 168, he was in do-or-die fights with them. People know that Derevyanchenko comes to fight.

“We are all betting on Jaime Munguia to put on a spectacular show, to maybe even be the first one to stop him. And then hopefully the WBC does the right thing and orders the fight with Charlo.”

“Everyone knows that this fight between Munguia and Sergiy is a tough fight. Everyone knows we were looking for the best fighter to put against Jaime,” said Fernando Beltran, president of Zanfer Boxing.

“Jaime Munguia is on the dance floor and he is willing to dance. The problem is that the other dancers decide to never show up. After this fight, whether it is GGG or Charlo, Munguia is ready to fight. Whoever is out there in his weight class, we are willing to fight.”